The governor's race is front and center this week. DFLers meet on Saturday to back a candidate. That means the candidates have been pulling out all of the stops to show why they're best suited to follow Gov. Pawlenty into office.
On Friday, touted endorsements from city government officials.
Democrat Mark Dayton, who is running in a primary, completed his 87 counties in 87 days tour.
Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, is holding Washington D.C. fundraiser for Matt Entenza today. Entenza is also running in a primary.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean held a fundraiser for Democrat R.T. Rybak on Friday night.
Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner says she won't put her name into nomination at the convention. She's headed straight to the primary.
The Pi Press says Take Action Minnesota may play a significant role at the convention.
On the GOP side, Tom Emmer will outline his vision for government tonight.
Race for Congress
In the 4th District, Republicans back St. Thomas College professor Teresa Collett and Democrats backed DFL Rep. Betty McCollum.
Shelley Madore reversed course and says she will challenge Dan Powers in the DFL primary.
Stu Rothenberg drops Minnesota's 3rd and 6th from the competitive list.
The cash pours into the 6th District race.
Former President Bill Clinton criticizes GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's gangster government remarks.
Under the Dome
In a major development, the Star Tribune says hospitals are choosing to opt out of the GAMC deal.
Forum Communications says there are significant hurdles to passing Vikings stadium legislation this year.
Democrats are seizing on financial oversight after the Goldman Sachs was charged with fraud.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote a memo expressing concern about the long-term strategy in Iran but he backtracked on it yesterday.
The top general says U.S. withdrawal from Iraq is on track.
President Obama canceled his trip to Poland because ash from a volcano in Iceland grounded planes in Europe.
Obama also released his tax returns.
Obama orders hospitals to allow same-sex marriage visits.
He also calls for tougher financial regulations.
Five major airlines agree not to charge fees for carry-on luggage.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with Minnesota parents who are concerned about pending adoptions from Russia.
Klobuchar also pushes for the expansion of broadband.
The St. Cloud Times says DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wins a push to get more Medicare money to Minnesota doctors.
The federal government shifts gears to tackle homegrown terrorism. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned.
Some Republicans worry that resistance over the census will lead to an undercount. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson rolls out a plan for the new Farm Bill.
He suggests that the cotton subsidies could be overhauled.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned in this WSJ story that discusses attempts to make it easier to organize with Federal Express.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Here's a list of Pawlenty's PAC contributions by state. There aren't many contributions from New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina on that list.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is privately mulling a 2012 run.
Mitt Romney will back Marco Rubio in Florida's U.S. Senate race. Paging Tim Pawlenty!
Texas Gov. Rick Perry tells Newsweek that he won't run for president.
George Pataki appears to be gearing up for a run.
Slate's Ed Kilgore says the GOP has a 2012 problem.
It's Patriot Day in Massachusetts. Good luck marathoners.
The current situation with GAMC should have been expected under the bill that passed. Under the bill, hospital systems needed to draft their own plans that, they would administer themselves, in less than a month with minimal guidance from the state. Having a hospital organize and administer the plan has been attempted at this level before and it works poorly.
Worse, the funding level for the program was atrocious as well. In the case of HCMC, it was looking to receive nine cents for every dollar spent on patients under the new state program.
The disabled individuals covered by GAMC generally do not meet the stringent, and fairly unreasonable federal requirements for disability under medical assistance. These individuals cannot work 40 hours a week.
In some cases, they have been waiting years for a Social Security hearing before administrative law judges that can vary wildly in their standards for a covered disability. Typically, those with easily visible disabilities, those with terminal cancer, or who are blind have an easier time receiving benefits under Social Security. It also may help to mention that while waiting on a Social Security hearing, these individuals are unable to work. If they do they will lose their case.